Latex Mattress Overview

natural_latex

So you want to learn about latex?

Latex is one of the older and also newer types of mattresses. Latex has been used in mattresses since the 1920’s but within the last decade have made a huge resurgence. Latex has the reputation of being one of the most durable and supportive mattress types around. Long before memory foam became popular latex was the gold standard for foam mattresses.

 

So what exactly is latex?

Latex is the white milky substance very similar to sap, that comes from the rubber tree which is harvested very similarly to the way maple syrup is taken from trees. The great thing is the trees are not harmed in any way. A thin layer of the bark is removed and the trees are “tapped” and the milky substance is dripped in buckets and barrels and shipped across the world to large rubber factories to be processedA typical rubber tree produces enough sap to make about four pounds of rubber per year. 

Contrary to popular belief, latex is really not foam at all, rather it is a different form of vulcanized rubber that has gone through a different process.

 

Natural-Latex
Latex Extracted from a rubber tree

Latex History

Latex was first used for mattresses and was invented in the 1920’s by a Scottish man named John Boyd Dunlop. It was said that the British Royal family was the first to use latex mattresses.

The latex process was refined and three brothers Leon, Joseph, and Ansil Talalay invented a process of latex mattresses that is more consistent and durable than the older Dunlop process by vacuuming all the air out of the latex mold and freezing it which stabilizes the cell structure.  

During WWII, latex and the entire rubber industry took a huge hit because the Japanese controlled approximately 90% of the rubber tree plantations.

After WWII Latex mattresses made a huge comeback in the 1950’s and 60’s and became the preferred choice for mattresses among U.S households.

However, plastics start gaining in popularity and Polyurethane foam became the material of choice by mattress manufacturers because it is cheaper, lighter, and much more easier to produce than latex. As polyurethane became more prevalent, mattress longevity declined and consumers began going through mattresses at a much higher rate, replacing their mattresses every 5-8 years where before they were only having to replace their mattress every 15-30 years with latex.  

 

Latex Today

Today latex is once again making a resurgence, and in this section you will learn all you need to know about latex.

You will learn the different types of latex, which types are better for different circumstances.

The pro’s and cons of latex. And also if latex is even right for you.

Mattress for Kids

How To Choose A Mattress For Your Kid?

By Jordan Parkes | February 2, 2016

Buying a mattress for your child is an even bigger challenge than buying one for yourself. First of all, there’s the fact that they are growing and their bodies are constantly changing. Secondly, you want only the best for them, which adds some pressure to make just the right choice. Let’s have a look at … Read moreHow To Choose A Mattress For Your Kid?

Consumer Reports Take On Choosing The Right Mattress

By Gabriel Hernandez | April 8, 2015

  Choosing the right mattress is important. However, it is not all that easy to do. The team at Consumer Reports created some tips on how to choose the right mattress. It’s not about falling for the fancy terms used by mattress retailers. It’s about trying and testing them out for yourself. They explain it here in this … Read moreConsumer Reports Take On Choosing The Right Mattress

Top 8 Reasons To Buy A Natural Latex Mattress

By Jordan Parkes | December 15, 2018

A natural latex mattress is the ultimate choice if you are thinking of making a strategic investment in the quality of your sleep. Maybe it’s not perfect for everyone, but it’s certainly the best nature’s given us to sleep on. Are we coming across confident? We have reason to be. It’s because natural latex mattresses … Read moreTop 8 Reasons To Buy A Natural Latex Mattress

Do they still make mattresses that you can flip over

Double-Sided Mattresses: Why and Where to Buy One?

By Jordan Parkes | July 31, 2019

“Why should I buy a double-sided mattress?”. “How often should I turn my mattress over?”. “Are double-sided mattresses really that good?”. “When did double-sided mattresses first appear?”. Oh, the questions… But, we understand, we really do. Buying a mattress is an important event, and choosing a double-sided one can be twice as difficult. That is … Read moreDouble-Sided Mattresses: Why and Where to Buy One?

Can you sleep on both sides of a mattress

Flippable Mattresses: Which Side to Sleep On and When to Flip It

By Jordan Parkes | July 31, 2019

Using a double-sided mattress correctly is crucial for ensuring that you get quality sleep every night. However, not many buyers consider this factor before actually purchasing a mattress, but you should definitely keep it in mind.  You also need to know all the pros of buying a double-sided mattress, be familiar with the durability of … Read moreFlippable Mattresses: Which Side to Sleep On and When to Flip It

What is zero gravity on an adjustable bed

Are There Really That Many Benefits to Adjustable Beds?

By Jordan Parkes | June 27, 2019

You’ve done your research on the numerous benefits of adjustable beds thoroughly. You seem to know all there is to the matter. You know what kind of mattress works best with adjustable bases, how good mattresses help you alleviate back pain, and just how great sleeping on an adjustable base seems to be. But you’re … Read moreAre There Really That Many Benefits to Adjustable Beds?

Tired of all the confusing mattress information?

Download our free mattress shopping guide and be confident in finding your perfect mattress

You have Successfully Subscribed!